April 8, 2011 Subject:
Who says the were up tight in the old days?
She: "I never take no for an answer, especially from men."
He: "Well, you probably don't hear it very often."
Great line. This is a typical genre mystery with the typical comic relief sidekick, and the typical pretty girl/love interest. I gave it a three out of five because it knows what it is, and it gets the job done. Not many exterior shots - obviously done on a tight budget. For fans of 1930s detective/mystery movies, this one is worth watching.
August 17, 2010 Subject:
There are better murder mysteries here in IA but this is by far not the worst. The acting of the detective is slightly stiff, he seems to be too old for his love interest Irene Ware, but I like him. The rest of the cast is adequate too, but of course my personal favourite is this boxing cook/butler.
June 14, 2010 Subject:
Muriel's a Gas
Iris Adrian positively sparkles, but after she's killed off things seem to go flat .
June 9, 2010 Subject:
"So-So" is so right...
It isn't exactly boring, but it is dull and slow-moving. It's saved only by the likable characters.
June 4, 2010 Subject:
A So-So Mystery
A detective on vacation is drawn into solving a murder mystery at a neighbor's home. Well, it wasn't much of a mystery. The identities of the murderers were obvious, no sleuthing needed, but there was one death that needed solving.
John Miljan, who I enjoyed in The Ghost Walks, was miscast as the detective. Lovely Irene Ware, good in The Dark Hour, did well in her limited role as his love interest. Iris Adrian is fine in her role at the center of the mystery. Noel Madison played his usual gangster role well enough. He had a juicier part in The Black Raven.
This isn't one of the better detective stories here at IA. Situations often seemed forced, as in the first scene. Dialog and cues were sometimes clumsy, making the detective appear slow-witted.
I downloaded the 673MB AVI file. Video and audio quality were good.
June 4, 2010 Subject:
3 for 1 undertaker's special
Another likeable old chestnut from the murder mystery glory days. Starting from scratch, there is a noted detective, a well-hated socialite and three murders within two minutes. The reasons for the pivotal murder - that of the socialite (Iris Adrian) - are well set up and it's possible to solve this who-done-it on your own with the clues at hand. (Though I didn't manage it.) There are no complaints about the large cast that features among others John Miljan, Betty Blythe and Irene Wear (Miss United States 1929). Short on atmospherics and nail-biting suspense, it isn't high drama. Nevertheless this is a dandy little mystery - especially for armchair clue hounds. CAST NOTE: Iris Adrian went on to a long and successful film and TV career playing gun molls and floozies, usually in comedies.